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By - reginaphillips@civitasmedia.com

Durant's Matthew Knox slides safely into second for the steal against Ada after drawing a walk in the first inning.
Durant's Matthew Knox slides safely into second for the steal against Ada after drawing a walk in the first inning.
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The Durant Lions upperclassmen pulled out a 14-9 win against the Kingston Redskins and clipped the Ada Cougars 6-3 Thursday at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.

Offensively, the Lions recorded nine hits versus Kingston and four hits against Ada.

Durant 14, Kingston 9

The Redskins put up two runs in the opening frame.

After two Lion strikeouts, Denton Comer crushed a triple to left-center. Riley Hendrix knocked him in with a double, also to left-center.

Cody Jones and Cody Powell drew consecutive walks to load the bases. An error by the third baseman on contact by Dylon Polson allowed Jones to score and Durant to take the 3-2 edge after one inning.

Kingston hit three doubles and a single, each paired with an RBI, in the third. A fifth run scored when an outfielder held on to the ball to put the Redskins back on top, 7-3. They added another in the top of the fourth to make it 8-3.

Durant narrowed the gap to 8-4 in the bottom of the frame. Drew Smith, who had been hit by a pitch, scored on a single up the middle by Kyle Hughes.

Kingston squeezed in another on a bunt in the top of the fifth.

But the fifth inning was a big one for Durant. The Lions batted around, starting with a walk by two-hole Cooper Webb, who stole second. After a Denton Comer fly out to center that allowed Webb to tag up and head to third, Hendrix landed one in front of the left fielder and ended up on second as Webb scored.

Jones drew a walk and Powell got a single through to left to load the bases. The Kingston pitcher helped the Durant cause, walking in two runs. Then, Brody Morgan sent a shot to left-center for a two-RBI double. Matthew Knox hit a line drive that had the third baseman diving in the dirt and unable to make a play. Count it an RBI single. Webb was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded again. But Comer grounded out to third base to leave the damage at seven runs for an 11-9 lead going into the sixth.

Kingston went three-and-out. The third batter of the inning was trying for a triple after getting one down in left-center, but short stop and cutoff Webb gunned him down sliding into third.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Jones got a single through to left. Powell followed with a double to shallow right.

Then, Polson reached on a fielder’s choice, the defense opting to throw home for Jones, but the catcher missed the ball to give away the score.

Nichols drew a walk to load the bases, and Drew Smith connected for a sacrifice fly that ended all scoring.

Durant 6, Ada 3

Ada struck first with one run in the second inning. But Durant put up all six of its runs in the bottom of the frame.

Spencer Tidwell, who missed the first game, drew a walk to get it started. In fact, the next five batters did the same thing to march in two runs easily.

Then, leadoff Matthew Knox and Cooper Webb hit back-to-back RBI singles. An extra run scored on Knox’s hit when a missed throw to home left the catcher looking for the ball. And the Lions got a bonus run on Webb’s hit due to on off-target throw and miss at first.

Ada added another two in the top of the third on a walk, RBI double up the third-base line and an RBI single that had short stop Webb going to a knee.

Tidwell pitched the full five-inning game. He struck out six (three in the fourth inning), walked two and allowed three hits.

Contact Regina Phillips at (580) 924-4388 or @NewspaperRegina on Twitter.

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